Oyo state Governor Pledges to Uphold Traditional System
Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan
The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has declared that his administration would continue to respect and uphold the traditional council system to ensure a cohesive society
Governor Makinde stated this while commissioning the Ibadan South West Local Government Traditional Council building also known as the Mini Mapo Hall.
As I said about two years ago at the foundation laying ceremony of this hall, our traditional institutions are an integral part of our society. Our administration will continue to work with them to ensure we have a cohesive society that upholds our culture. pic.twitter.com/rmlF9OfWLQ
— Seyi Makinde (@seyiamakinde) June 8, 2022
At the ceremony, governor Makinde noted that the completion of the new Hall is a testament to the resilience and determination of the council members.
He said: “Two years ago, I had the honour of being part of the foundation-laying ceremony and I thank God that I am also here to commission it. At that time, little did we know that the world would face the COVID-19 pandemic, which would greatly affect the economies of all countries.
“So, if some people say that Seyi Makinde has never initiated a project and completed it, tell them this mini-Mapo Hall we are commissioning today, was started and completed by this administration. And I am happy that this is a historic project and the good news would be shared with generations to come. I really thank my father, Senator Ladoja, for the vision.
“As a government, we will continue to respect and uphold our traditional system. I can promise you that as long as I remain the governor of Oyo State, this collaboration will continue. We will continue to draw on our traditional system and the roles they have been playing to ensure we have a cohesive society and uphold our culture.”
The Project Manager and member of the Council, Chief Taiwo Oyekan, who designed the building and supervised its construction, commended the former governor of the state, Rashid Ladoja for the vision of the project, which he said was built largely with the savings of the traditional council, stipends, and allowances.
The commissioning had in attendance the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba (Dr) Lekan Balogun, who was represented by Asipa Olubadan, High Chief Eddy Oyewole, members of the Olubadan-in-Council, the 11 local government chairmen in Ibadan, political functionaries, top government officials, and other guests.